Cascading_Stylesheets_Advantages__5_Reasons_To_Use_CSS by georgetitan

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Cascading Stylesheets Advantages: 5 Reasons To Use CSS

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Summary:
Cascading Stylesheets become more and more important in today’s
webdesign. But before you decide to get started using CSS you should know
why CSS is so important and what its advantages are.


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CSS, Cascading Stylesheets, Stylesheets, Create CSS layout, CSS help,
style sheet, style sheets


Article Body:
1. The content is separated from the design

Because you are able to create a separate Stylesheet and link it to all
your webdocuments, you have great control over how your website looks. So
if you want to change a certain aspect of your page, you only need to
alter one file: your Stylesheet!

This Of course, generates some great flexibility. This flexibility is not
available when your website is using tables for layout, inline font tags
or inline defined colors.

A single CSS file can contain positioning, layout, font, colors and style
information for an entire web site.

2. You site uses less bandwidth and loads faster

Because   stylesheets are so lightweight, your website will load much
faster.   The main reason is because you do not need table layouts anymore
for the   positioning of elements. Since text loads really really fast your
website   will be visible in a flash.

This means that visitors will be happier when surfing your website. They
only have to download the Stylesheet once, and it's automatically reused
for every page. So the only thing that needs to be loaded is the actual
content.

On average a website will load five to ten times faster if it makes use
of cascading style sheets.

3. Your website will automatically gain better search engine results

With CSS, you can position any element, anywhere you want. So if your
menu is at the bottom of your HTML document, you can bring it up using
absolute positioning. The reason this is useful is to make sure the
search engine spiders pick up the main content first.
Another advantage you automatically gain is that your HTML code is much
cleaner. So the search engine spider will not have to separate the junk
code from the real content.

So make sure you put your logo text and your menu at the bottom of your
HTML document at put it at the top using CSS!

4. CSS is compatible with newer browsers

Because more and more browsers are used other than Internet Explorer on a
Windows machine, you need to be sure that your website is accessible by
all major and newer browsers.

By using webstandards, defined by the w3c, you are making sure your
content is viewable in the future.

Because there are so many browsers these days, it is impossible to test
your website in all these browsers on different configurations. Coding to
standards is then the only practical solution.

5. CSS can be used to display the same content on different media.

Because you are able to define different stylesheets for different media
you have great flexibility in presenting your content.

The printer for example, is a medium on itself. If someone prints out
your website, you will be able to modify the look of it. Add an extra
black and white logo, remove the advertisements and change the colors to
black and white values. It's all done easily by using cascading
stylesheets. And the best thing is, visitors do not even have to know you
created a new Stylesheet especially for the printer.

Stylesheets can also be created specifically for PDA's and such. As you
will understand, this adds some great flexibility to the presentation of
your web document.

Conclusion

Cascading Style Sheets are created to make things easier. It gives you
great control of your website and makes your visitors happy when they are
surfing your website.

You are prepared for the future and will gain better search engine
results automatically. Start using CSS to its full potential today! It
will suit you well.

								
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